IPOH: The Ministry of Human Resources assesses all "outdated" legislation regarding the protection and coverage of employees with a draft of the amendments to the Labor Code that is being finalized for discussions with stakeholders.
Minister M. Kulasegaran (pic) said that his ministry is reviewing the employment law, pointing out that the laws are "outdated" and must keep up with current times.
"A design of the Employment Act has been finalized and we have started discussions with stakeholders, namely the NGOs, trade unions, employers and other people who can give input to the law," he said after the opening of a job fair for the disability community in Yayasan Sultan Idris Shah here yesterday.
On providing more jobs for the disabled community in the public sector, Kulasegaran said that the government is doing its best to ensure that they go to work.
Disabled people, he said, are also faced with limitations in educational qualifications.
"But we will make adjustments to accommodate them," he said, adding that only 0.6% to 0.8% of the government's workforce comes from the disabled community.
Earlier, Human Resources Committee, chairman A. Sivanesan, called on the federal government to review and amend the Employment Act to make it mandatory for the private sector to employ disabled people.
"Private companies must bring a minimum percentage of people with disabilities.
"The federal government must look at a change in the law or this will not end, no matter what government takes over in the future," he said in his speech.